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Awards and Accolades

Imagine Austin has been recognized as a best practice in civic engagement, innovation, and comprehensive community planning. These honors are listed in recognition of all who have participated and contributed to the Imagine Austin vision and plan.

  • American Planning Association, Texas Chapter, 2012 Comprehensive Planning Award
  • National Association of Government Communicators, First Place - Promotional Campaign
  • American Planning Association, Texas Chapter, Central Texas Section, Comprehensive Plan
  • Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO), First place - Marketing Plan or Campaign Over 50,000
  • City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA), Silver Circle Award - Community Visioning
  • Alliance for Innovation Best Practice for “Building a Community Vision with Sustained Community Engagement”
  • National League of Cities Center for Research and Innovation recognized Imagine Austin on “Greening Businesses”
  • National League of Cities, Community Engagement Bright Spot
  • The Japan Productivity Center (best practice/case study)
  • Texas Transportation Institute (best practice/case study)
  • The National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (best practice/case study)
  • American Institute of Architects (best practice for intersection of design and health)
  • International City/County Management Association (best practice/case study)
  • Recognized/Featured by the National Transportation Research Board
  • Recognized/Featured by the Colorado Department of Transportation
  • Featured by the American Society for Public Administration
  • AngelouEconomics (case study)
  • National case study in "Digital Sustainability Conversations: How Local Governments can Engage Residents Online" created by the Cities of Albany, N.Y. and Richmond, Va., funded by a USDN Urban Sustainability Innovation Fund grant.
  • National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD), From Chaos to Collaboration: Raising the Bar in Public Engagement Workshop, November 7, 2010
  • National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD), Workshop - Learning from Practice:  Imagine Austin, October 13, 2012
  • "This is a Big Deal! Engagement Strategies for Long-Range Comprehensive and Master Plans,” Webinar, October 16, 2012
  • Community Action Network, 2012 Butler Award for Plans with Promise
  • Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO), First place, Best One-Time Special Event for "Imagine Austin: The Way Forward"
  • Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, First Place, PSA Category for "Imagine Austin in 30 Seconds" video, October 2013
  • Smoke-Free Austin extends to multi-family housing: City of Austin provides guidebook for property managers to HUD, March 2014
  • American Planning Association, 2014 Award for Excellence in Sustainability


Staff has been consulted by:

  • National League of Cities (January 2012)
  • Louisville, Kentucky (February 2012)
  • Kazakhstan, Delegation from Open World Leadership Center (March 2012)
  • Marie Le Guen, PhD student, University of Lyon, France (March 2012)
  • Salt Lake City, Utah (April 2012)
  • Julie Holck, PhD Student, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (April 2012)
  • Cary, North Carolina (May 2012)
  • Mesa, Arizona (May 2012)
  • Ukraine, Delegation of Environmental Leaders (June 2012)
  • Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (August 2012)
  • Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (August 2012)
  • Durban, South Africa (August 2012)
  • Knoxville, Tennessee (October 2012)
  • Finland, Tekes - Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (October 2012)
  • Sweden, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (October 2012)
  • Central Arkansas Metroplan
  • planET a Regional Partnership of East Tennessee Communities
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tallahassee, Florida (March 2013)
  • Tuscon, Arizona (March 2013)
  • Arlington, Massachusetts (April 2013)
  • La Vista, Nebraska (May 2013)
  • Adelaide, Australia (May 2013)
  • Phoenix, Arizona (September 2013)
  • Louisiana Economic Development (September 2013)
  • Texas Military Forces Performance Excellence Program (November 2013)
  • Reno, Nevada (January 2014)
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee (January 2014)
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan (February 2014)
  • Bousfields Planning & Urban Design, Toronto (February 2014)
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico (February 2014)
  • San Antonio, Texas (September 2014)
  • Colombus, Georgia (September 2014)
  • White arkitekter, Stockholm (October 2014)
  • Athens Clarke County, Georgia (May 2015)

The plan is referenced in:

Reading List

The following books about creating livable communities are available for check-out from the Austin Public Library. Have a book selection for us to consider adding to the list? Shoot us a line.